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Outraged India Calls Erdogan Kashmir Remarks at U.N. ‘Completely Unacceptable’

India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (U.N.), T. S. Tirumurti, on Wednesday condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in which he called for a multilateral resolution to India’s border dispute with Pakistan in Kashmir, labelling Erdogan’s remarks…

Turkey’s Erdogan Demands U.N. Create ‘International Solidarity Day Against Islamophobia’

Islamist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the United Nations to establish “International Solidarity Day Against Islamophobia” during his speech at the General Assembly on Tuesday, claiming Muslims are the most vulnerable population to “racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and hate speech.” 0…
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Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

Greek Police Investigation Into Suspicious Fires Near Turkish Border

Greece’s police and fire service have launched an investigation after at least 15 fires broke out in just 48 hours in the Evros border area with Turkey. 0…
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Greece favoured in Rafale dogfight: Russian expert

“Beware of Greeks in Rafale jets.” OK, that isn’t exactly the right quote … but this appears to be good news for Greece, bad news for Turkey … and, maybe bad news for China too? Amid escalating tensions between Greece and Turkey, France has reportedly…

Erdogan Threatens NATO Partner France: ‘Don’t Mess with Turkey’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his French counterpart and NATO ally Emmanuel Macron on Saturday “not to mess” with Turkey, as the two continue to spar amid rising tensions in the Mediterranean. 0…

Greeks Strengthen Military Amid Increased Turkish Aggression

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is preparing to outline Saturday the details of a program to boost Greece’s defence capabilities, amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Turkey over rights to resources in the eastern Mediterranean. 0…
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Silence descends on social media in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s disdain for social media is no secret. He blocks Twitter regularly in order to prevent the spread of information he doesn’t like. He has openly railed against Facebook and YouTube, accusing them of misrepresenting Turkish family values. And after the…

Erdogan: Greeks Will Be Made to ‘Understand’ Turkey Has ‘Military Power’ to ‘Tear Up’ Map

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Greece to enter talks over disputed eastern Mediterranean territorial claims or face the consequences. 0…

Former Turkish PM Says Erdogan Aggression Risks Military Clash with Greece

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned that the continued aggressive policies of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan could result in military conflict. 0…

Turkey Frees Jailed Human Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike After Colleague Dies

Turkish authorities released human rights lawyer Aytac Unsal from jail on Thursday after his 213-day hunger strike left him critically ill. 0…

Turkey Demolishes Iconic Christian Church, the ‘Hagia Sophia of Bursa’

Turkish authorities razed to the ground the historic St. Georgios Christian church late Wednesday, an iconic structure known as the “Hagia Sophia of Bursa.” 0…
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Turkey braces for a perfect economic storm

ANKARA — The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hellbent on propping up the Turkish lira at any cost, is setting the stage for fresh economic turmoil in the months ahead. That is because the swift comeback from last year’s currency crisis, and then Covid-19,…

Greece: Turkish Church Conversion an Act of ‘Symbolic Violence’

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou denounced Turkey’s conversion of the historic Church of Chora into a mosque as an act of “symbolic violence” this weekend. 0…
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What’s next in Eastern Mediterranean?

Tensions are visibly mounting in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Greek and Turkish navies have conducted rival exercises. The Turkish seismic research vessel Oruç Reis, accompanied by naval vessels, has proceeded with exploration activities in areas deemed to be within Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Commensurately,…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…
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Erdogan snubs UAE, backs Palestinian resistance

Turkey has made its first move on the regional chessboard after the recent peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. On August 22, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received in Istanbul a high-level delegation from Hamas, including its leader Ismail Haniyeh and deputy leader…

Turkey’s Drive to Become Maritime Powerhouse Unsettles Mediterranean

Istanbul — Turkey’s big push into the Mediterranean featuring controversial gas drilling, tough rhetoric and warships is rooted in a grand vision of a “Blue Homeland” that takes over waters claimed by EU neighbours. 0…

Erdogan Promises ‘New Era’ for Turkey After Black Sea Gas Discovery

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodğan said on Friday that Turkey has made its largest-ever discovery of natural gas in the Black Sea. 0…

Turkey to Convert Second Iconic Christian Church into Mosque

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ordered that a second ancient Christian church be turned into a fully functioning mosque, just one month after a similar decision to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia for Muslim worship. 0…

Greece to Prepare Push for Sanctions Against Turkish Activity in the Med

The Greek government is preparing to push the European Union to introduce sanctions against Turkey if the country’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean continue. 0…
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Turkey may get even more dangerous for women

When the Istanbul Convention against domestic violence came into being in 2011, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proudly declared that his country was the first member of the Council of Europe to sign it. But it has proved to be an empty boast. Violence against…
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Turkey plows ahead in Mediterranean expansion

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on a Mediterranean drilling showdown with Greece over the weekend, signaling he would not be deterred by attempted French policing of the conflict. “We will never bow to banditry on our continental shelf, nor will we pull back…